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Newspaper Publishes Gun Owners’ Names and Addresses

David De Lossy/Thinkstock(NEW YORK ) -- A newspaper in New York has received a wave of criticism from its readers after publishing the names and addresses of all of the individuals with handgun or pistol permits in its coverage area.

Hundreds of residents in New York’s Westchester and Rockland counties were surprised to find their names and addresses listed on a map posted by The Journal News on Sunday. Users can click any dot on the map to see which of their neighbors has a permit for a gun.

The map sparked more than 500 comments from readers within a day of its appearance on the website, many of them voicing outrage at the paper’s decision to make the information public.

“This is CRAZY!! why in the world would you post every licensed gun owner information?? What do you hope to accomplish by doing this. This is the type of thing you do for sex offenders not law abiding gun owners. What next? should i hang a flag outside my house that says I own a gun? I am canceling my subscription with your paper today!!!” said commenter Curtis Maenza.

“How about a map of the editorial staff and publishers of Gannett and Journal News with names and addresses of their families…,” wrote commenter George Thompson.

All of the names and addresses were compiled through public records. The paper also requested the information from Putnam County, which is still compiling the records for publication, according to The Journal News’ website.

In a statement to ABC News, The Journal News said its readers “are understandably interested to know about guns in their neighborhoods,” because of the conversation about gun control on its website after the shooting in Newtown, Conn., last week.

“We obtained the names and addresses of Westchester and Rockland residents who are licensed to own handguns through routine Freedom of Information law requests. We also requested information on the number and types of guns owned by permit holders, but officials in the county clerks offices in Westchester, Rockland and Putnam counties maintained that those specifics were not public record,” the statement read.

“New York’s top public-records expert, Robert Freeman, disagrees,” it added.

The paper declined to answer further questions about the map.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Publisher Regrets Suggesting That Israel Assassinate Obama

Win McNamee/Getty Images(ATLANTA) -- The publisher of a Jewish newspaper who suggested in a column that Israel assassinate President Obama says he didn’t mean for his idea to be taken seriously and that he was just trying to get his readers to react.

Andrew Adler, the publisher, wrote in the Jan. 13 edition of the Atlanta Jewish Times that Israeli agents could “take out a president deemed unfriendly to Israel” to protect itself (other options he listed were attacking Hezbollah and Hamas, and destroying Iran’s nuclear facilities).

Adler doesn’t put his own columns online, but Gawker uploaded a copy of it Friday. Adler told ABC News that he has been getting a flurry of calls -- from readers, reporters and rabbis -- and that he regrets ever writing it. His column next week, he said, will be an apology. The paper has between 3,000 and 4,000 subscribers.

“I’m not advocating anything,” Adler said, calling himself an “idiot” who put his “pen in my mouth.”

“Do I regret writing what I did? Very much so,” he said.

Adler was unambiguous in his column, which was presented as a hypothetical situation from the perspective of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s facing potentially disastrous conflicts with the Arab world. He said his piece has gotten more reaction than anything he has written since the 1970s.

“Order a hit on a president in order to preserve Israel’s existence,” he wrote. “Think about it. If I have thought of this Tom Clancy-type scenario, don’t you think that this almost unfathomable idea has been discussed in Israel’s most inner circles?”

A Secret Service spokesman, Max Milien, said Adler could be interviewed as part of an investigation, although he wouldn’t say whether an investigation was formally opened.

“We are aware of this matter, and we will make all appropriate, investigative follow-up in regard to this matter,” Milien said.

Adler said the Secret Service hasn’t contacted him. But a few rabbis have called Adler to say, “you’re a meshugenah,” the Yiddish word for “nuts.”

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Jury Convicts Chicago Businessman in Plot to Bomb Danish Newspaper

Brand X Pictures/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) -- A Chicago jury found a local businessman guilty Thursday of providing material support to the banned Pakistan militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba, as well as scheming to bomb a Danish newspaper that printed cartoons of the Muslim prophet Mohammad, which is considered sacrilegious in the Muslim world.

However, Tahawwur Rana was acquitted of the most serious charge of helping to plot the 2008 attacks on Mumbai, India that left 166 people dead, including nine of 10 attackers believed to have been recruited by Lashkar-e-Taiba.

During the trial, lawyers for Rana, a 50-year-old born in Pakistan who also has Canadian citizenship, insisted their client was fooled by a friend, David Coleman Headley, into using Rana's company as a cover for his scouting missions in Denmark.

Headley became a witness for the prosecution after admitting guilt to 12 charges related to the Mumbai attacks.  The plot to bomb the newspaper offices of Jyllands-Posten in Copehagen was abandoned because of stepped up security after the Mumbai incident and a lack of funds and manpower.

Rana is expected to receive sentences of up to 15 years on each count but his lawyers have already announced they will appeal the verdicts.

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